Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer Arrested on DUI Charge

by August 29, 2013

Atlanta’s new head coach, Mike Budenholzer, found himself in some hot water last night. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence by the Georgia State Patrol. Per the AJC: “A trooper stopped Budenholzer about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on 10th Street at Crescent Avenue in Midtown because the Audi A8 he was driving didn’t have the tail lights on, according to the State Patrol incident report. ‘As I spoke with him, I noticed that he had bloodshot and watery eyes and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath,’ Trooper Johnathon Nelms wrote in his report. ‘I asked Mr. Budenholzer how much alcohol he had and he advised that he had one glass of wine to drink prior to driving,’ Nelms said. After giving Budenholzer a field sobriety test, Nelms placed the coach under arrest. ‘I requested a breath test and Mr. Budenholzer refused the breath test by giving a verbal ‘No’,’ Nelms said. A spokesman for the Atlanta City Jail said Budenholzer, 44, was charged with DUI and a tail light violation, and was released on $1,524 bond at 3:45 a.m. Thursday. Budenholzer, who had been the top assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, was hired by the Hawks in May to replace Larry Drew as head coach.”